Become a prison officer at Melbourne Assessment Prison and Courts

Ready for a career change that will positively impact your community? Become a prison officer.

  • Help Victoria remain a safe place to live by keeping our prisons secure.
  • No qualifications required. Get paid to train – enjoy a comprehensive paid, eight-week training program prior to service.
  • Call on your integrity, resilience and decision-making skills.
  • People of all professional and cultural backgrounds encouraged to apply.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is now recruiting a new squad of ongoing, full-time prison officers to work at Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP) and Courts.

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The secure containment of offenders is a cornerstone of a safe Victoria. Melbourne Assessment Prison is the first point of contact for all alleged offenders coming into the corrections system in Victoria. As a prison officer here, you will work with all types of alleged offenders across the full gamut of crime, including many with mental health disorders that are challenging to manage.

Based in the CBD, MAP is a fast-paced, constantly busy work environment. We're looking for committed and resilient new prison officers who can make smart decisions under pressure.


To gain a better understanding of the role of a prison officer, we strongly encourage you to register for our online information session. You'll hear about the experiences of current prison officers and be able to ask questions about the job.

Wednesday 7 October, 2020
5:30pm AEDT

Click here to register (External link)


Great Prison Officers can come from anywhere. Whatever industry you've worked in, whether that's hospitality, trades, retail, healthcare, education, defence, security or community services, you might be surprised by how your work and life experience have set you up to become a first-rate prison officer.

 “The feeling that I’m doing something good for the community and trying to make a difference in someone’s life makes me happy.”
– Wayne, Prison Officer

The benefits of the job don't end with the great camaraderie you'll enjoy with your teammates, and sense of making a real difference, you will also:

◉ Earn an annual salary of $55,256 - $70,958 plus super, working full time hours on a 24-hour rotating roster.

◉ Enjoy generous penalty rates on night shifts, weekends and public holidays paid in addition to salary. Weekend work is a frequent necessity for all full-time prison officers, so you need to be prepared to plan your life around your work. If it suits better, you may have the option to nominate for full-time work at the Courts, which offers regular Monday to Friday business hour shifts, but your take home wage will more closely align with the standard annual salary.

◉ Undergo eight weeks of paid full-time training. By the end of the program, you will feel confident and well equipped to begin your new job. Upon commencement, you will continue working towards Certificate III accreditation in Custodial Services Practice.

◉ Enjoy access to secondmenthigher duty and promotion opportunities regularly offered to top performing staff.


MAP is a maximum-security prison located near Southern Cross Station in Melbourne's CBD. MAP provides the primary state-wide assessment and orientation services for male prisoners received into the prison system.

If you become a prison officer at MAP, you're likely to work both at MAP and the County and Supreme courts, which are also located in the Melbourne CBD.


  • To be eligible for appointment as a prison officer in a Corrections Victoria facility, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold Australian permanent residency. You must also possess a current Victorian driver’s license (minimum P2 category) and be willing to obtain a current first aid certificate.
  • There are certain jobs that present conflicts of interest with the work of a prison officer, including some roles in security. It is best to chat to the recruitment team at an assessment centre about any work you would wish to continue doing if appointed.
  • Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.
  • To become a prison officer, you will also need to pass a health and fitness assessment, which you can learn about here (External link). You should not apply until you are confident you can meet the benchmarks in this test.
  • Please note important training will take place over the Christmas period (though not on the three public holidays). 

To learn more about what you'll do on the job, please go to (External link)

Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening including traffic offences.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff in a number of roles, including prison officers, community corrections officers and field officers. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, click here (External link) or email (External link)

Applications close at midnight on Thursday 15 October 2020.

We acknowledge the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders, past, present and future.

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